Crossing borders

Try out & improve your ideas, social competences and skills in a multicultural environment.

We can’t wait to welcome you to join the six-month Crossing Borders Global Studies at Avnø Højskole from
February 17 to June 29 2021

WHY CROSSING BORDERS

We provide youth with platforms to cross-fertilize ideas and to form global associates, networks and communities worldwide. In a learning environment, where all participants are encouraged to grow and learn from one another, we enable young people to share their best ideas, best products and best practices.

Garba Diallo 

Founding Director of the non-profit NGO Cross Borders and head of Crossing Borders Global Studies, in Denmark.

Here is why you need to experience Crossing Borders at this special school in this special period of your life.
Here you will get a life-changing experience to:

  • Be in a global learning space and time to discover what you are passionate about and good at and want to develop.
  • Meet and learn to communicate and make friends with fellow youth from many different cultures, professions, age and perspectives.
  • Try out and improve your ideas, social competences and skills.
  • Build your capacity to be able to live, study and work with other fellow colleagues anywhere in the world.
  • Discover and experience a sense of balance and wellbeing in the company of a diverse group of socially-minded people with different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Experience life, education and work in Denmark together with other people from around the world.
  • Visit and experience exciting cultural and sustainable sites of interest in Denmark.
  • Learn and apply social entrepreneurship project development and design.

What issues are you going to learn about?

Below are the course modules or themes which you will focus on. In addition to Crossing Borders main course, you will have many exciting subjects to choose from.

1. Cross-cultural communication and presentation skills in a global context. In this module, you will gain the capacity to use Non-violent communication method known as giraffe language with conflict resolution trainer and mediator Kirsten Kristensen: https://livkom.dk/worldpeace/


2. Introduction to Nordic Living focusing on the values of social justice and gender equality and the welfare system.


3. The concept of globalization from different perspectives.


4. The 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development.


5. The environment/climate and the impacts of human activities.


6. 12-day sustainable living study tour of sustainability initiatives: eco-villages, urban sustainability and clean energy island in Denmark.


7. The power of the media and the smart use of social media.


8. Peace and Conflict transformation.


9. Social entrepreneurship project management.


How are you going to study these complex topics?

We address the above complex issues by studying them from global perspectives, student-centred approach and using interactive and disciplinary methods. This includes solid expert inputs, discussions, student inputs, knowledge sharing and experiential learning seeing and doing. Thus, we will:

1. Focus on key current global issues of our time in the context COVID 19 pandemic.


2. Taught in English by multicultural expert teachers.


3. Ensure mutually complementing learning and action modules.


4. Solid expert introductory inputs, active student participation leading to concrete results, e.g. articles, short films, multimedia presentations, public actions, exhibitions, performances, and local or global initiatives.


5. Experiential learning through field visits to selected green and social enterprise initiatives in Denmark.


6. Study tours and exposure to Danish schools, public and civil society organizations and companies.


7. Internship and volunteering at Crossing Borders for those interested.

LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY

During the term, you will have the chance to prepare and share your culture at cultural evenings, cultural cafés and theme weeks. On those occasions, the local community may be invited.

Results and outcome you take back home

  • You become a global citizen with deep roots in your culture and branches spanning the globe.

  • You will know exactly what you are passionate about and good at.

  • You became a more balanced and confident person with the knowledge and capacity to live, study and work anywhere in the world.

  • You will have an expansive network of friends and colleagues from different corners of the world.

  • You will have the attitudes and tools of an income-generating social entrepreneur rather than a job seeker.

  • You know more about the global forces (public, private and civil society actors) that impacts the well-being of people and planet.

  • You will know more about the fact that the different people and regions of the world are mutually connected and interdependent: What is good for one or one part is good for all.

About the origin and founder of Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders global studies has developed out of Crossing Borders (CB) NGO. CB was founded in 1999 by Garba Diallo with the mission to create a space for dialogue and capacity building for the youth and to raise awareness among the teachers. Since its foundation, CB has educated some 17000 youth in more than 100 countries through five programs of School Services, International projects, Global Studies, Voluntarism and Food for Thought.

Crossing Borders founding leader

CB was founded by Garba Diallo who was born in Mauritania. Garba lived, studied and worked in Mauritania, Qatar, Norway and Denmark for the past 28 years.

During these years, Garba has been very active as a global educator focusing on facilitating group processes, non-formal learning, project development, media awareness and climate issues.

In addition to managing CB organisation and being the lead teacher of CB global studies, Garba has given lectures in many universities and countries including Armenia, Brazil, Finland, France, Norway, UK, Faro Island etc.

Garba is also an energetic writer and public speaker and commentator on pressing global issues of the time. So look forward to meeting a true global citizen who sees the half full of the glass better than the empty half. 

If you want to join Crossing borders long course you need to fill out the application.

    Please, write a short motivation letter of about 300 words including 1) Your core interests, hobbies and hopes, 2) your educational background and level, 3) your special skills and work experience 4) Your expectations to the courses and what you expect to use the experience for after completing the course.